Portugal travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperatures: Summers are generally hot and dry with temperatures averaging between the mid and late 20s (°C).

Best time to visit Portugal: Pleasant throughout the year, with mild winters and comfortable summers.

Weather in Portugal varies from region to region. Portugal weather is usually mild during winter, with temperatures rarely falling below 10°C. Coastal regions such as the Algarve are slightly cooler than inland areas, but still warm and sunny.

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Portugal is best for...

Sun-worshippers: Soak up the sunshine on one of the Algarve’s glorious beaches.

 

Walkers: Venture through the lush, green mountains of Madeira.

Foodies: Try succulent espetada and freshly caught sardines in one of Funchal’s quaint little restaurants.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Portugal is Portuguese.

Currency: The currency used in Portugal is Euro (€).

Local time: Portugal is the same as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Faro Airport. Transfers to the Algarve resorts take between 30 minutes (Vilamoura) to 1 hour (Albufeira) and 1.5 hours (Lagos).

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Portugal is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Tourist Information: Further Portugal tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com/en.

Visas / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Portugal

Holiday destinations related to Portugal:

The Algarve

Madeira

​​​​​​​Funchal

 

 

Getting around

By taxi: Resort areas have plenty of taxi ranks. Be aware that it is standard for taxi drivers to charge extra for luggage.

By hire car: A hire car is a good idea if you want to explore the more rural areas of the Algarve or Madeira.

By train: Portugal has a vast railway network that covers most of the country. The state-of-the-art Alfa Pendular trains are a great option if you want to travel directly from the Algarve to Lisbon.

Events

Carnival time For a real Portuguese party, visit the Loulé Carnaval in February. The locals dress up in neon colours, feathers and lots of glitter as they parade through the streets to samba music.

Floral floats Two weeks after Easter is the Madeira Flower Festival, one of the biggest annual events on the island. Floats travel through the city of Funchal, each decorated with the island’s native blooms.

World music The Loulé Med Festival is a popular world music celebration which attracts thousands of festival-goers every June.

For golfers If you’re a golf fanatic, you won’t want to miss the Portugal Masters which takes place in October.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Portugal, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/safety-and-security